About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, October 15, 2021

A Lancaster Family Christmas by Kate Lloyd

A Lancaster Family Christmas

What starts as a getaway to Amish Country could turn into the Christmas that changes Diana’s life forever, if only she opens her heart.

Diana can’t face another lonely Christmas in her Manhattan apartment. When a coworker invites her on a last-minute trip to visit her Mennonite family in Lancaster County, Diana jumps at the chance.

Arriving in Amish Country in the middle of a snowstorm, Diana discovers a world that couldn’t be more different from her life on the Upper East Side. She is fascinated by the sprawling farms and buggies on the roads, but what she really notices are the welcoming families, cozy kitchens filled with home-cooked meals…and the two handsome men who may or may not be vying for her attention.

But every community has its secrets. Jesse, the rakish young Amish farmer, is hiding more than just a forbidden cell phone. And then there’s handsome Brett, the guarded Mennonite craftsman who harbors a dark secret of his own.


Diana Manzella seems to have it all: she lives in Manhattan, she works at the Metropolitan Art Museum gift shop, and she's the first to admit that she's a spoiled city girl. She, however, doesn't have it all, and it takes a weekend visit with her co-worker's family to help her see what's truly important. Diana learns that it's certainly not what she's always known!

Author Kate Lloyd shares a unique story that combines English, Amish, and Mennonite cultures, and I was drawn in from the very beginning. A Lancaster Family Christmas is a heartwarming story, and Diana witnesses a committed marriage, family devotion, and the power of faith and forgiveness. She also gets a chance to be 'courted'. Is it possible that her true love is there in Lancaster County? Could she ever be content to live among the Mennonites and Amish?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, with its emphasis on family and a simpler Christmas. There are also secrets and a hint of mystery but, best of all, there is sweet romance! Do yourself a favor and get a copy of A Lancaster Family Christmas so that you can also experience the warm, fuzzy feelings of a family Christmas!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Bestselling author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, and also A Letter from Lancaster County and Starting from Scratch. Her Kindle novella An Unexpected Christmas Gift is available for preorder. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied art, art history, and Italian in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including restaurateur and car salesman. Kate enjoys travel and walking with her camera in hand.

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